| Sep 10, 2013
| 5:30 AM
If there's any one thread running through today's pop music, it's the amazing ability for most songs to be about absolutely nothing.
Despite scores of crises around the world, the biggest hits of the summer (i.e. "Get Lucky" and "Blurred Lines") are...
| Sep 7, 2013
| 10:14 PM
SAN FRANCISCO — AT&T's U-verse is carrying a trio of Pac-12 television networks under an agreement with the conference.
The deal announced Saturday immediately made three channels — the Pac-12 Network, Pac-12 Bay Area and Pac-12 Los...
| Sep 6, 2013
| 2:12 PM
In the New Criterion this week, Bruce Bawer recycles the classic conservative screed against the Beats by way of lamenting the publication of Jack Kerouac’s collected poetry by the Library of America. It’s an odd piece, not least because...
| Oct 2, 2013
| 8:32 AM
The Forward Prize for poetry was thrust into the news last month when a poet withdrew from consideration after it was revealed he had plagiarized some earlier work.
The British prize, worth more than $16,000, was presented Tuesday night to Michael...
| Sep 7, 2013
| 6:30 AM
I have written exactly one fan letter in my life and that was to Derek Jacobi.
I wrote it, and God forgive me, sent it, sometime between my junior and senior year in high school. I blush to disclose that the correspondence also included a sonnet I had...
| Sep 26, 2013
What do you get when you replace the original dialogue from classic Peanuts comic strips with lyrics from songs by the beloved British indie-rock band The Smiths? A wry and clever blog that a major record company tries to shut down.
The case of This...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 8:39 AM
The good news: According to a new report from the National Endowment for the Arts, more than half of American adults read books for pleasure in 2012. The bad news is that the percentage of adults reading works of literature -- in the NEA's definition,...
| Sep 25, 2013
| 9:56 AM
A poem by Charles Bukowski is featured in an advertisement for Dewar's, the 157-year-old blended scotch. If only the notoriously hard-drinking poet had lived long enough to reap the rewards of his endorsement.
The L.A. poet died in 1994 at age 73,...
| Oct 7, 2013
| 3:48 PM
The next winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature will be announced Thursday morning in Stockholm.
In the United Kingdom, where you can wager on such things, the betting money is on Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami. As of Monday morning, the...
| Oct 4, 2013
| 8:43 PM
The little farm towns of Central California held a poetry all their own for Jose Montoya.
From childhood he knew their people, mostly immigrant laborers like his own family. He knew the labyrinthine rows of fruit trees, the dirt-floor houses and trailer...
| Sep 24, 2013
| 5:30 AM
Were it released in the LP era, Elton John's "The Diving Board" would have arrived as a fancy double gatefold album, 15 songs separated by instrumental miniatures to open each side. Such a presentation would have added an extra layer of import,...